"I have a passion for teaching kids to become readers, to become comfortable with a book, not daunted. Books shouldn't be daunting, they should be funny, exciting and wonderful; and learning to be a reader gives a terrific advantage."- Roald Dahl
Second Quarter has started off well. The students are currently writing argument essays on the topic of What changes your life more - a person or an event. They have compiled their evidence, performed an argument protocol, and now composed a claim for one side or the other. They should have their two or three body paragraphs that state their reasoning to support their claim. Each body paragraph should have two supporting examples from the following sources: memoir books, memoir mentor texts we read in class, and their own life and memoirs.
They learned about coordinating conjunctions last week to help them compose and punctuate properly simple and compound sentences. This week they will learn about subordinating conjunctions to help them compose and correctly punctuate complex sentences. These conjunctions will also help them form better transitions and clearer arguments, rebuttals, and reasoning in their argument essays.
The students should have composed all paragraphs by Wednesday, so they need to type their argument essay. They can start typing anytime, but they must have the entire argument essay typed by Friday October 24. Throughout the week, I will try and meet with them whenever they have questions, but on Friday they will be meet with their writing partner to edit and revise their essays together.
The students will be given time to write in class each day. I have designed the week to make sure plenty of class time is given however I am out for a curriculum meeting on Wednesday. If they don't use their time well, the homework may seem heavy.
Sincerely, Mrs. Becky Leffler GMSS seventh grade language arts email: firstname.lastname@example.org homework portal: lefflerr.weebly.com